3. What is Your Focus: the Malice of Your Monster or the Kindness of Your Christ

Scripture: 1 Samuel 18-20

Saul tries to kill David six different times.  Saul’s anger puzzles David.  What has he done but good?  Yet, Mount Saul keeps erupting, rewarding David’s deeds with flying spears and murder plots.  

God counters Saul’s cruelty with Jonathan’s loyalty.  Jonathan could have been as jealous as Saul.  Jonathan had reason to despise David, but he didn’t.  He was gracious.  He protects David.  

David found a companion in a prince of Israel; you can find a friend in the King of Israel, Jesus Christ.  Just as Jonathan protected David, Jesus vows to protect you.  Do you long for one true friend?  You have one.  And because you do, you have a choice.  You can focus on your Saul or your Jonathan, ponder the malice of your monster or the kindness of your Christ.  

Wander freely and daily through the gallery of God’s goodness.  Catalogue his kindness.  Everything from sunsets to salvation – look at what you have.  Your Saul took much, but Christ gave you more!  Let Jesus be the friend you need.  Talk to him.  Disclose your fear and describe your dread.

Will your Saul disappear?  Who knows?  And, in a sense, does it matter?  You just found a friend for life.  What could be better than that?

Reference:  Facing your giants:  God still does the impossible by Max Lucado

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